Funds Available for Existing Emergency Housing Shelters


Pierre, SD – February 8, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is now accepting applications for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program.

The Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by SDHDA, assists existing emergency housing shelters improve or expand their facilities and provide services.

Since the ESG Program’s inception 23 years ago, SDHDA has awarded more than $5.9 million directly to shelters statewide. SDHDA anticipates $350,000 will be available for the ESG Program in FY11.

“These funds can be used to renovate or rehabilitate emergency housing shelters. They can also be used for maintenance, operating costs, and activities for homeless prevention in our state,” said Executive Director, Mark Lauseng. “The ESG Program has been a valuable resource in assisting emergency housing shelters.”

While it is difficult to get an absolute account of the homeless, a 2010 survey reported there were more than 1,720 homeless people in South Dakota. Most of the homeless were white, single males between the ages 13-55. However, all races, genders and ages are subject to homelessness.

The ESG Program is one of several sources designated to reduce homelessness throughout our state.

The ESG Program application is available on SDHDA’s website at

For more information on the ESG Program, please e-mail Lisa Bondy at lisab (at) sdhda (dot) org, or call 605.773.3181.

Applications must be received by March 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. (CST). Project selection will be made on or before May 31, 2011.

Mark Lauseng, Executive Director


The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is an independent, quasi-public agency that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout South Dakota. SDHDA is totally self-supporting and receives no tax money, appropriations or other funding from the State.

SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. SDHDA is a proud partner of the State’s 2010 Initiative to “Brand and Develop South Dakota’s Quality of Life as the Best in America.”


South Dakota Housing Development Authority
PO Box 1237
221 S. Central Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Toll Free: 800-540-4241
Local: 605-773-3181
Fax: 605-773-5154

Mark Lauseng
Executive Director
Phone: 605-773-3181

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